Friday, January 26, 2007

more paper bag albums

Tuesday we went to Lennox, South Dakota to pick up a loader at a manufactoring plant where they make them. Would have been interesting to go through. I haven't done any stamping since then.

Here are a couple more I made before Tuesday...

This one is just like the other one I made but in bright colors.

This one I made using only Inky Antic stamps.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Paper bag card

We are snowed in so thought I would stamp. I spent all day yesterday cleaning and reorganizing in my stamp room, so ready to stamp. Here is a card I made for a 1-4-1 swap. We had to have a base card, another piece of cardstock a bit smaller than the base, one 3 x 3 piece, one 1.5 x 4 piece and a circle somewhere.
The colors are really off in the scan. The colors used were blush, choc, ruby, and moss. The scan shows it as more pink. On the large blush circle w/ ruby star, I did highlights w/ the white pen. On the flower w/ green center, I used the white pen on the petals and stamped the image again and cut out the green center and popped it up.

This is what it looks like on the inside. The flap folds into the right front edge of the card.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Cards 4 through 8

I am still working on this SU! patterned paper! This card was for a sketch challenge on Inky Antics. I used my Cricut to cut the oval, then stamped the kitty inside. The Happy Birthday is from SU!

This card was for a sketch challenge on SCS. All of the flowers were cut with my Cricut, using the George cartridge and the silhoutte feature.

For this card I stamped the verse on patterned paper and then using my piercing guide punched holes and sewed by hand the zigzag with embroider floss. Reminds me of when I was a little girl and would go to grandma's and she had those sewing cards with the holes and you would use yarn. Remember those?

For this card I used my new Cuttlebug embossing folder. Then I sanded the raised design to make it pop. I watercolored the flower stamp to make it soft and not take away from the embossing.

This is the last card for today. I used my cricut to cut the large flower and my piercing kit to pierce the holes seen in the photo.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Patterned Paper Challenge

On Amy Rysavy's blog, she challenged herself to use up all her Spring Flowers/Showers double sided paper by SU! Like her, I *hoard* paper and then something cooler comes out! So I decided to do the same. But I think I have more of it than she does! LOL! So I am going to see how many cards/gift items I can make with this, so I can move onto other paper.

I make birthday cards for all the women in our church and was able to work on the January birthday's yesterday. I decided this was a good time to use up this patterned paper. To help inspire me, I used SCS's sketch challenge. For those of you unfamiliar with this, someone posts a sketch challenge each week. Here are a few cards that I made...

This one is my favorite of them all so far...

Monday, January 15, 2007

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow...

We have LOTS of it now! Ü Of course this is not good for Bruce, but I love it! It was soooo pretty yesterday, coming straight down and thick. Benjamin had a late start today and I hope to get some stamping done and get some new things posted here.

Last week I was fighting chronic sinus infection and acute bronchitis. When I went to the dr. Monday, she gave me the strong stuff as this is what I had before I got pneumonia last time. It worked and I hope I get that every time instead of messing around with amoxicillan!

Anyway here is a card I made for a Valentine swap I was in. The layout was inspired by a get well card I received from Michelle Wooderson when I had pneumonia! (ironic that I picked it as my inspiration when I was sick! LOL!!)

I used the new Loves Me patterned paper at the top and stamped the bottom with SU!'s canvas background stamp. The pickup is from Loads of Love set by SU!. You can't tell in the scan very well, but there is glitter on the hearts. I colored the images using colored pencils and Gamsol.
Saturday Benjamin & I went to Kearney shopping and then to Bruce's niece's baby shower. Ever take a teenage BOY clothes shopping? Make that a skinny teenage boy!? We found ONE pair of jeans that would fit him in the whole town! Well there was another store that had some for over $50 that looked like someone had taken sand paper to them and then wore them while working with cows (if you know what I mean!) and then hung them on a hanger to sell!! I think NOT!! Thankfully, even Benjamin thought they were gross.
Anyway, while in Kearney, I picked up a couple of those adorable mailboxes in the dollar section that everyone is decorating and posting on SCS. I hope to get a chance soon to play with them and will post when I can use mom's camera.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Cocoa Petey

I just love this guy from Inky Antics. This is a limited edition stamp that a few members from the Inky Antic message board received for Christmas.
I made this using the Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge #98. The challenge called for a regular sized card, but since my cocoa packet was tall and skinny I made it to fit a regular sized envelope.
The cardstock is Basic Grey and SU!'s chocolate chip. I used black ink to stamp Petey and colored with Gamsol and colored pencils. Petey's hat has a little glitter on the top. Actually, I think this is Petey's sister Paula. Ü
The verse is from another InkyAntic stamp that I received for Christmas called Friend with Chocolate. I just colored the verse with my black marker, cut and attached with brads.

I used liquid applique on the marshmallows and then heat set them with my heat gun to make them fluff. The cocoa is called Candy Cane cocoa, so went just perfect with this stamp. Add a candy cane to stir and you have a fun little gift!

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

3 Christmas's down, 1 to go...

Last night was our third Christmas celebration at my cousin's. This is the one that we always went to gr'pa and gr'ma's for. The last 3 yrs have been at my cousin's as gr'pa & gr'ma are in a rest home now. We did meet there one year, but my cousin's have a large new home so we meet there now.

It was a wonderful evening. (The roads were awful getting there and I was so glad that I wasn't driving or we would have turned around and stayed home.) It was a simple supper and then we did our $5 gift exchange. My cousin won mine and I also added this...

This is a notebook I made with cardstock and chipboard and rubi'd together. The kitty is an Inky Antic image.

I also gave her this...

This is a fun coaster calendar. I covered the coaster with patterned paper and sanded the edges.
The calendar is printed off the computer but would be soooo much easier to use those free business ones that you get every year. I just didn't have any and wanted to get this done. The flowers are done with my cricut. Added brads for the center and used glue dots to stick them on.
When I added the calendar, I punched holes thru the calendar pages AND the coaster, so that it can be used year after year. Add a magnet to the back and you can put it on your fridge. I think my cousin said she is going to put it on her locker. She is an oncology nurse.
This idea came from a fridge calendar that my SIL gave me one year. It was so handy. After I got some of these coasters, I thought I could make my own.
Happy New Year to you all!